News from around the Barbican

New Neighbourhood Policing

The City of London Police recently launched a new policing model, which includes dedicated officers for certain areas of the City, one of which includes the Barbican.  Tom Keating explains the improvements. As part of the City of London Police’s key ambition to ensure the Square Mile remains one of the safest cities in the world, the Local Policing strand of the Transform Programme has recently launched a new, enhanced neighbourhood policing model known as ‘Sector Policing’. The decision to adopt this new model was taken with careful consideration, to ensure that it would demonstrably … [Read more...]

Lockdown Landscaping

An Instagram discovery led us to Bruce (and Fi) Robertson in Willoughby House who finally had the time with lockdown to discover some impressively green fingers! Despite having lived in the Barbican for three years, we had never had the time to properly cultivate our top floor bedroom balcony. Having checked out of The Standard Hotel, where I was managing director for five years, and then with the onset of lockdown, time (and travel) were suddenly no longer issues. We had already bought some vegetable seeds – determined to make an effort this time! In April we started growing on our … [Read more...]


Janet Wells’ takes us online for her quarterly review of the Arts, Gallery and Museum scene As I get this together for the Editor’s deadline, we are going once more into Lockdown: However, the galleries may well be about to re – open  by the time you receive this Winter Edition of the Magazine – who knows!  Of course, the same precautions will, most certainly, apply and we will only be able to buy timed tickets; there is little that can be spontaneous in this Covid 19 world.    This morning however, I found an announcement of a programme of large scale projected public art to take place … [Read more...]

“The Magic of Opera”

GS Wines are pleased to announce that their concert 'The Magic of Opera 2020' has been rescheduled to take place at St Mary's Church Putney on Wednesday 16th December at 5:30 pm. Unique operatic gala concert, featuring much-loved arias from the greatest operas including those by Puccini, Mascagni, Bizet, Mozart (and more subject to confirmation) - performed by some of London's greatest classically-trained musical talent.  We have had to make a modification to the line-up of artistes, but rest assured that we will enjoy a first class performance from them! We feature: … [Read more...]

Residents re-open the West End!

Barbican Residents Julie Clare and Alex Pearson are producing a show called Private Peaceful based on the book by Michael Morpurgo. It will be the first play to open in the West End since lockdown.  Julie has given us a summary of the production and the booking details are at the end.  Well done, both and we wish you the best of luck! I’ve had nearly eighteen years of yesterdays and tomorrows, and tonight I must remember as many of them as I can. Tonight, more than any other night of my life, I want to feel alive!” Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First … [Read more...]

New City Wellbeing Centre

We have a new wellbeing centre in the City of London. The new site, backed by £451,000 from the City of London Corporation, offers counselling and psychotherapy for workers in the Square Mile and those who live in or close to the City. The centre, located on Middlesex Street in the east of the City, has been offering virtual services during the pandemic and will now open within government COVID-19 guidelines. Sessions will be provided by staff from Tavistock Relationships, which has over 70 years of experience in working with people’s mental health concerns and relationship … [Read more...]

The Great Chamber renaissance

Revealing the newly refurbished and renovated Great Chamber at the Charterhouse The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site on the edge of the City of London, is delighted to announce the completion of the major refurbishment of the Great Chamber, the jewel in the crown of our Tudor history.  Made possible with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and our generous donors, the works started in January and have involved a host of artisan specialists under the direction of Richard Griffiths Architects who were awarded the commission. Discover the Great Chamber here: … [Read more...]

Hiver honey IPA beers

Hiver sources raw honey from independent British beekeepers and creates proper honey IPA beers.  “The ethos of sourcing ‘all-British' became as important as the strive for a natural and quality driven brew and so Hiver will always go the extra mile to make sure that all our suppliers are British too, like the people that make our glass, print our bottles and stamp our business cards.” Hiver is available at Selfridges London, Birmingham and Manchester, a growing number of independent off-licenses nationwide as well as Marks and Spencers within the M25. Also available online via Ocado and … [Read more...]

Le Café du Marché reopens

One of our favourite restaurants close to the Barbican, Le Café du Marché , has announced it is due to open on October 1st, but with a slightly limited service.  Tucked away off Chartherhouse Square in a tiny alley next to the Malmaison hotel, the restaurant is long established (over 30 years) and brings a small slice of authentic rural France to our area.  The restaurant noted its re-opening as follows: “We have been very busy over the past month getting ready for our opening on the 1st October and are very excited to be seeing some of you soon! Our revised opening hours are based on … [Read more...]

Local Acupuncture Clinic

Update : 24th Sept 1) Clinic times have just changed: From Oct 6th every Tuesday 2pm - 7pm 2) For appointments please email: or call 07592 071 379 We've received an update from Fleur Clackson about a local multi-bed acupuncture clinic, where 3rd-year students, supervised by very experienced acupuncturists,  administer treatments. The clinic is keen to let local residents know of their existence (located in Old Street, 3 minutes from the station) and the very reasonably priced treatments the teaching clinic offers (just £15 … [Read more...]